Rwanda frees Peter Erlinder on bail

  • Article by: JEREMY HERB and KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: June 17, 2010 - 10:49 PM

Government said he was released on bail out of concern for his health. Prosecutors still plan to press their case.

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joverheulJun. 17, 1010:56 AM

it's about time since we can use his skills in the US. Welcome back Peter!!!

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obvious2meJun. 17, 1011:02 AM

for Erlinder should be going to Iran and demanding that its government become more Westernized.

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onehdeagleJun. 17, 1011:12 AM

Now he will be back here causing trouble.

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mplsatty41Jun. 17, 1011:16 AM

Peter Erlinder is a hero. He was brave enough to point out that Rwanda's president - an American-backed dictator - ordered the mass murder of tens of thousands of innocent civilians, which sparked the genocide. While it's unfortunate that the Star Tribune has glossed over this, and simply repeated Rwanda's ridiculous assertion that Erlinder is a genocide denier, what really matters is that he's going to make it home safely. He's done great work for the United Nations in Tanzania and Rwanda, and we should all be grateful that he's been willing to risk his own personal safety in order to promote human rights in the international court system. Welcome home!

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jordan2009Jun. 17, 1011:32 AM

Many good peoples prayers have been answered with this news that Peter is coming home. Despite the haters in the comments, like "obvious2me, (who claims to be an attorney, yet seems to have no concept of law, and has unlimited hours in the "workday" to post hateful and cruel comments)those of us like mplsatty41 and many others who understand that Peter has been a fighter for human rights and that freedom comes with a high price, can truly rejoice at this wonderful news. Hopefully, the bogus political charges with be dismissed and Peter can continue his work!

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rseefeldJun. 17, 1011:40 AM

Many prayers have been answered with this judge's ruling today, and yet more needs to be done. We cannot stop fighting until the charges have been dropped in Rwanda. shame on you people who have nothing nice or remotely intelligent to say. God forbid something like this should happen to you or someone you know...but then you probably are not half the man Peter Erlinder is!

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cheeznriceJun. 17, 1012:20 PM

Hopefully Erlinder will reimburse the US Gov't for all the time and expense he's caused them to incur in his narcissistic little journey. A true hero would have understood the likelihood of his incarceration and made a symbolic stand. Instead, he's now bailing out when the going gets tough. This guy's a pompous little twerp. save you kudos for someone deserving.

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kastawayJun. 17, 1012:22 PM

Then he must not believe in this cause. I wonder what the chances of a bail jump are. Here comes Dog the bounty hunter. When the going gets tough, the tough swallow a bottle of pills. Nelson Mandella must be proud.

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SupervonJun. 17, 1012:23 PM

about two trillion dollars and Amy and Al used your tax dollar to pay it.

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mackroeJun. 17, 10 1:10 PM

jordan2009 I'm curious how you define human rights? They must include the right to kill police, commit sexual assualt, and engage in terrorist activities. Mr. Erlinder is nothing short of the Devil's Advocate in the court room.

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